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    What kind and size packs would you use for a weeklong solo trip (double portaging)? How do you distribute the loads with and without the canoe (ie. food, tent, clothes, sleeping bag/pad)? Do you have a target weight threshold for each pack?

    #2
    I'm no lightweight, I take lots of creature comforts. I don't take a ton of food, mostly just dried goods, even some freeze dried if I'm really lazy. I usually end up with one 60 litre barrel and a day pack. The day pack is large enough to carry my rain gear, cooking stuff, and things I might need during the day. First trip over a port is day pack and canoe, second trip the barrel. Of course, if doing port maintenance, that formula is out the window because of chainsaw, gas, safety equipment.

    Back in the day, I used to have a separate dry bag with a few dozen beer. I would just throw it on top of the barrel. Made for a heavy trip, but got progressively lighter each day, lol.

    Forgot to mention, my little tent get strapped to the top of the barrel in a little dry bag.

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      #3
      115 liter pack . Stuff that has to stay dry like clothes in a separate dry bag( s) that go inside the pack. I use a pack liner. Double dry bagging in essence. My sleeping bag and clothes and pad go vertically as well as the tent. Sometimes pack the poles outside. Dry bag the tarp too but in this case its to prevent a wet tarp from spreading its unwanted ooze. Pots pans dishes of course dont get dry bagged. Saw on outside pocket. Chair on outside pocket. Raincoat in top flap pocket.

      30 liter barrel for food. It carries up to two weeks of foodstuffs for me. I really do not need that much and could take less. I take far too much GORP. But forget the coffee and everything is off including the trip.

      First over portage with just the paddles and the big pack.. I have seen people veer off the trail wearing their canoe hat and get lost. ( that would be my husband on one of our couples trips). Second with the 30 liter barrel and canoe.

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        #4
        I carry one Duluth Pack “Wanderer” pack, (I’m not sure of the size as it’s an old one not made anymore, its smaller than a #3 Duluth Pack,) for clothes, sleeping bag/pad, tarp, solo cook pot with utensils/bowls inside, no stove, just a flat twig stove, cold handle fry pan, plus some small bags with 1st aid, cord etc. I use Duluth plastic liners to waterproof. My tent and tarp are on top, outside of the waterproof liner, tent poles, saw, and ax slid down along side the plastic liner. Rain gear on top of tent.
        My food goes in two Seattle Sports waterproof bags that fit into a 20 liter Duluth pack “Daypack”, along with a water bottle in the outside pouch.
        I also carry a small Army surplus pouch with fishing tackle/small binocs/GoPro batteries/ etc.
        I usually make 3 trips, but have made 2 trips if the food bag has lightened up, I carry it on my chest.

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        Last edited by Robin; 01-13-2020, 11:22 AM.

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          #5
          I'm with Mem "I take lots of creature comforts" I'm going to walk it twice anyways. On a 3 day weekend 2-70 liters Bags or a 60-liter barrel and a 70-liter Dry Bag.

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            #6
            This is great. Food for thought about my own truck. I'm weeding and reconfiguring and your ideas are greatly appreciated. No one said anything about a Helinox chair, which I love but loathe at the same time. It negates many of my other economies but I can't bear to leave it behind.

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              #7
              Originally posted by Black_Fly View Post
              This is great. Food for thought about my own truck. I'm weeding and reconfiguring and your ideas are greatly appreciated. No one said anything about a Helinox chair, which I love but loathe at the same time. It negates many of my other economies but I can't bear to leave it behind.
              I mentioned packing a chair. It is a Helinox that fits in a side pocket- I did not specify it by name. Welcome to old age and furniture Black Fly. You need not leave your love behind!

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                #8
                Black_Fly It ain't a canoe trip w/o a Helinox chair or compatible substitute.

                Cut the toothbrush in half to save weight but I have to have my chair.
                Last edited by sweeper; 01-13-2020, 10:05 PM.

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by sweeper View Post
                  Black_Fly It ain't a canoe trip w/o a Helinox chair or compatible substitute.

                  Cut the toothbrush in half to save weight but I have to have my chair.
                  You see where we are coming from?

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                    #10
                    For straight-up overnight hikes, my target weight for gear alone is a little over 25 pounds, including the weight of the pack, a hatchet, and a Helinox knock-off chair (which I too will never give up). For a week, I guess I would add maybe 15 pounds more for food (mostly dry stuff), maybe less if I can be sure the fishing is good along the way. And no beer - a flask of rum or whiskey is much more alcohol-efficient (and warming). All this I can fit in/on a 58 litre Osprey Exos backpack (might be switching to a 65 litre MEC Slogg pack for better waterproofiness when canoeing).

                    I am pretty comfortable with this weight for hiking, and for solo canoe tripping starting this spring (which I haven't really done since I was a kid so we'll see how this all works out) I think I will really only up the food side of things (some canned and fresh stuff), and then only if there is little or no portaging. I no longer have an appetite for death-march hikes with 50-60 pound loads, and I don't like to stay more than a night in any one spot anyway, so the less gear I have to setup and take down the faster I can settle in, enjoy the peace, and get going the next morning. Probably a different story though if I was on a trip where I would be staying put for a few days in each spot.

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                      #11
                      +1 on MEC Sloggs they are far better than all the others

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                        #12
                        They've got an Helinox ultralight version out that I've been resisting for a couple years. Besides the extra $120 to save 1 lb, I'll still have 3 of the heavier ones just sitting on a shelf. Seems like a terrible waste and expense for 1 lb.

                        I'll probably buy it.

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                          #13
                          I carried/paddled this pack on a few-day trip to Algonquin, last September. https://algonquinoutfitters.com/prod...ge-canoe-pack/
                          Inside was a heavy mil garbage bag as a liner. Inside that were three dry bags, one with misc. gear one with clothes and sleeping bag and one with food. Also inside were tent, tarp, poncho, camp chair, and a few other odds and ends. There was enough room for a few extra days of provisions. On the side was a wood saw and a fishing pole. The gear was rented and therefore heavy duty. If I'd take my own gear I'd go a little lighter on some items. A used to offer two other size packs, but I have not seen them at their store in a while.
                          Just my $0.02 (minus inflation)

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                            #14
                            What the world needs is a 30L barrel pack with a compartment for other goods.

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                              #15
                              Have you looked at Cooke Custom Sewing's 30L barrel bag?

                              https://www.shop.cookecustomsewing.c...?categoryId=44

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